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Mitchell O'Connor, Mary

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Was asked: if she will set aside time in Dáil Éireann to discuss CETA before the signing of the provisional application at the next Council of Ministers meeting on 16 October 2016; and if she will make a stat...More Button

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a comprehensive free trade agreement that will remove tariffs between the EU and Canada and will create sizeable new market access...More Button

CETA represents a modern high standard agreement which has the ability to set a new global standard for Trade Agreements. It will end limitations in access to public contracts, open up markets f...More Button

CETA will save on duty costs as 99.6% of all industrial tariffs will be eliminated on entry into force. Irish firms will also benefit from the recognition of product standards and certification,...More Button

Given the position taken by Ireland and other Member States, the Commission has submitted CETA to the Council for decision as a mixed agreement. That is one requiring both EU and individual Memb...More Button

Provisional application is a standard process in Free Trade Agreements. This provides for the coming into effect of those areas over which the EU has competence. It will be a matter for the Cou...More Button

Following concerns raised in a number of Member State parliaments and this House, the EU now proposes to exclude investment protection and investment dispute settlement from the provisional appli...More Button

The EU and Canada are working towards the signature of CETA at the EU-Canada Summit scheduled to take place on 27 October 2016. Prior to this, the Council of EU Trade Ministers will meet in Luxe...More Button

In accordance with Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the full entering into force of CETA will be subject, in the first instance, to a decision by the EU, thr...More Button

In view of these recent developments including the exclusion of the Investment Protection provision from the provisional application of the Agreement and the proposed additional legal guarantee o...More Button

Workplace Relations Commission

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to information technology issues associated with the WRC's online complaints system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) was established on 1 October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and has responsibility for information provision, workplace advice, mediation, conc...More Button

The WRC assumed the roles and functions previously carried out by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Rights Commissioner Service (RCS), Equality Tribunal (ET), the National Employment Rights ...More Button

I am aware, that in a recent survey, just under 50% approximately of employment law practitioners, who responded to the survey, indicated that the level of detail provided by complainants through...More Button

The WRC is continuing to encourage complainants and stakeholder groups to provide more detail when making the complaint, in order to provide the Adjudicator with the relevant information in advan...More Button

Low Pay Commission Establishment

Was asked: if the Low Pay Commission is sufficiently resourced and funded to carry out independent evidence-based research; the way in which it is resourced in comparison to the UK's LPC; and if she will make...More Button

Enterprise Data

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1905 of 16 September 2016, if she will provide details of the data used in the employment multipliers derived from the supply and use and input-output tables b...More Button

Ireland’s enterprise strategy, Enterprise 2025 is premised on delivering employment that is sustainable over the longer term. Enterprise 2025 is premised on export-led growth, u...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1905 of 16 September 2016, if she will provide details of the data used in the employment multipliers derived from sectoral multipliers applied to IDA client f...More Button

Foreign direct investment helps to develop capabilities and critical mass in sectors and to enhance Ireland’s innovative capabilities. It also contributes to greater productivity and value added a...More Button